WATCH: Family skate to honour Kelowna girl
KELOWNA – A Kelowna couple is keeping their baby girl’s memory alive by organizing a fundraiser for pediatric cancer research.
Paige died 6 months ago at the age of 22-months. The little girl had a rare and aggressive form of leukemia.
“We were told repeatedly she would die from her disease and I don’t think it ever sunk in for us,” says mom, Natelle Moench.
With emotions still raw, Moench is hoping to use her grief to help make a difference.
While her daughter was sick, Moench and her husband Chris did a lot of research about childhood cancer. They discovered that more funding is needed to research cancers that affect children.
“Generally between one to four per cent of overall cancer research funding is delegated to kids cancer, so when it is the number one cause of death in children by disease and receiving such little funding that is something I think needs to be brought out to light for people to understand,” says Moench.
The family has now started a foundation in Paige’s honour. They want to raise not only awareness about the lack of funding but also money to help research childhood cancers.
The family’s first major fundraiser couldn’t come at a better time. A public skate being held on Family Day, February 10th, at Kelowna’s CNC Centre. It goes from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. The family skate is by donation and is open to people of all ages. There will be skaters dressed up as princesses and superheroes. Dressing up is optional. The money raised will go to the Paige Foundation to help support childhood cancer research.
For more information go to www.ThePaigeFoundation.org